Determining the Frequency of Past Hurricanes
A sort of preliminary study that was released by scientists from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville during the Earth System Processes 2 conference this week shows that a new method of measuring the ratio of oxygen isotopes in pine trees may allow researchers to determine how frequent past hurricanes occurred. In a “proof of concept” study of the oxygen isotopes found in the cellulose of late-season growth in annual growth rings from pine trees near Valdosta, Georgia, a team led by Claudia Mora found they could identify all known hurricanes that hit the area over the past fifty years.
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